MEDIA MONITORING DATABASE
Hayko Bağdat – trial for “insulting the President of the Republic”, “inciting the public to hatred and enmity”
RELATED PERSON OR INSTITUTION
Hayko Bağdat
CITY
İstanbul
YEAR OF INTERFERENCE
2017
LAST UPDATED
01/06/2022
TYPE OF STATEMENT
Political
MEDIUM
Internet
Internet News Portal
THE TITLE OF WHOSE RIGHT IS INTERFERED
Journalist
RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Right to Impart Information and Ideas
TYPE OF INTERFERENCE
Judicial Interference
Criminal Courts
Approval of the indictment and initiating the prosecution
THE LEGAL GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE
Turkish Penal Code
Art. 299

A lawsuit was filed against journalist Hayko Bağdat over his article “My last piece about Erdoğan” (Erdoğan hakkında son yazım) published on ozguruz.org news website on April 14, 2017 and over his four Twitter posts. The journalist is now facing charges of “insulting the President of the Republic” and “publicly inciting the public to hatred and enmity” at the İstanbul 50th Criminal Court of First Instance.

At the third hearing held on October 14, 2020, Bağdat’s attorney Aktan said that the open address of Bağdat, who lives in Germany, was added to the case file and requested that the testimony of Bağdat be taken by rogatory. Handing down its interlocutory judgement, the court has ruled that the warrant previously issued against the journalist as part of this file shall be lifted and that his testimony shall be taken by rogatory. The next hearing will be held on February 3, 2021 (October 14).

Scheduled for February 3, 2021, the fourth hearing of the trial was adjourned until a later date as the attorneys of Hayko Bağdat presented an excuse (February 3).

At the hearing held on July 6, 2021, Hayko Bağdat’s attorneys presented an excuse; the hearing was held on the file and adjourned until a later date (July 6).

Hayko Bağdat, who lives abroad, did not attend the hearing on October 20, 2021. The court board ruled that Bağdat’s statement should be taken abroad and the return of the letters rogatory should be awaited. The next hearing will be held on February 16, 2022 (October 20).

At the hearing held on February 16, 2022, the lawyer of Hayko Bağdat requested a ruling of acquittal in compliance with the ECtHR ruling on Vedat Şorli, which was submitted to the court with a written petition between the hearings. The court board ruled that the reply to the letters rogatory should be awaited. The next hearing will be held on June 1 (February 16). 

At the hearing held on June 1, Bağdat’s attorney Merve Ömeroğlu demanded that the deficiencies in the file be rectified and that the rogatory letters be awaited. The court accepted the requests. The next hearing will be held on December 7, 2022 (June 1).